I build a lot of bikes that I think are going to be really fun for their future owners. That’s my goal, after all. But it’s relatively rare that I’m actually jealous – sure, that gravel grinder, or townie, or 27.5 aggro all-mountain hardtail all look fun, but in most cases, even if the customer’s bike fit me right, it’s not *exactly* what I was thinking of building for myself (but didn’t have time to). Of course I have a long list of exciting and potentially horrible (though they seem to usually turn out pretty well!) projects on the back burner at all times. Wouldn’t make any sense not to dabble, since I’ve got the tools, right? Normally, though, the backburner projects aren’t stuff that ends up in the hands of a customer.
Montana’s bike… is pretty much my dream singlespeed. Or at least it’s damn close. I probably wouldn’t like the high BB, but that’s about it.
Let’s go to the numbers, briefly.
So, super short chainstays (as short as I can go without cutting up the BB shell and making him run a square taper BB, anyway) at 415mm… sounds good. 68.5 HTA, sounds pretty darn good… clearance for 29×3″ tires, rocker dropouts for singlespeeding without relying on the crap-ass ENO hub on Stupidmobile…check. Montana’s got a Rohloff capable dropout coming to him and some cable routing to match for when he wants gears. Sharp rocks everywhere + derailleurs… not good.
The BB is high, but that’s because Montana rides where rocks are plentiful and casing a steep roll-in can be real, real bad. In Park City it’d be way too high for most folks.
Long story short, this bike is making me want to do one of my own. Sadly, the season is ending and I have lots of other bikes to build… so Stupidmobile can breathe easy at least until spring.
And yes, this kind of thing, along with all the other weird/wild/fun stuff I am always doing, is available to you and to anyone else. Want 390mm chainstays on your 29er? Let’s do it. Want a fatbike you can run narrow-Q cranks on? Want something you’ve dreamed up that I’m not smart enough to think of? Bring it on. I love this kind of project even if it makes me horribly jealous when the box goes out the door.